Ugh, I hated this book. Mercifully, it was written so that an elementary student could have gotten through it quickly had they wanted to… and I sincerely hope none would. This falls into those biographies written by people who have not done enough with their lives to actually write a compelling, or entertaining biography. Grier seems to have tried to attempt the latter, but though I understand HE considered himself a comedian, being in the cast of a nineties comedy show hardly qualifies as comedic enough to carry a book. And I wish that not understanding how humor works in non fiction was the only problem this book faced, but unfortunately it is only the beginning.
Grier grew up in Detriot, his father left the family, his mom tried to hold things together, he and his brother experimented with drugs and rock and roll music, blah, blah, blah. All of these stories are interwoven with Grier’s narrative about getting to Barak Obama’s presidential inauguration. Unfortunately neither his life story or his trip to kind of see the inauguration is terribly compelling. Perhaps if he would have stopped trying to be funny and focused on key events in his life instead of just glossing over them, maybe then the book would have been more readable. The sad thing is, often, I see books as lost opportunities. I didn’t see any opportunities in this book. As I was reading it, I kept trying to think of how it could have been written better, but I got nothing. So I don’t recommend this book for any but die hard David Alan Grier fans.